By Shereen Siewert
A Madison gas station owner is accused of committing wire fraud and unlawfully obtaining over $200,000 in items.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that according to court documents, Ahmad Kanan in 2017 used routing and account numbers for an account belonging to the Embassy of Libya Military Attache to pay $227,206 in taxes and bills for a BP station his wife owns in Janesville.
The indictment’s first count charges him with using the account number and routing number of a foreign embassy’s bank account to buy an estimated total of $191,836 in items between July 21 and Dec. 21, 2017.
The second count charges Kanan with using the bank account to purchase $25,370 in items on Dec. 21.
Agents seized two iPhones from the Kanans’ home and businesses in December. The same day someone with the username “akanan” tried to remotely wipe one of the phones.
A grand jury released an indictment Thursday charging Kanan with access device fraud and attempted device fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison. His attorney, Peter Moyers, didn’t immediately return a voicemail on Friday.
Kanan is facing a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each count if he is convicted.